Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
October 2014 Events Newsletter
Stump 'n Stew for Candidates for Rowan County Commissioner
Thursday, October 23 from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Sponsored by the Rowan County Council on Aging, older adult
voters residing within Rowan County are invited to enjoy a
beef & vegetable stew lunch courtesy of Oak Park Retirement
Center and talk one-to-one with the candidates running for
Rowan County Commissioner. Float-in and float-out at your
convenience. There is no cost to participate.
Medicare Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, October 29 at 10:00am. Join
State Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and
representatives of the Seniors Health Insurance Information
Program (SHIIP) to learn about the Medicare Part D Election
Period and the Extra Help program to help pay for
prescription drugs. Information will also be presented
regarding the importance of Medicare beneficiaries reviewing
and comparing Medicare Part D prescription drug plans during
the Annual Election Period, Oct.15 - Dec. 7. After the
presentation, staff and trained volunteers will be available
to assist individuals with choosing 2015 prescription drug
options. Registration is requested by calling either the
Department of Insurance at 1-855-408-1212 or Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center's SHIIP Office at 704-216-7703.
Discover America Luncheon
Monday, October 13 at noon. In observance of
Columbus Day, and in celebration of our geographic
diversity, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will host a luncheon
for its members who have moved here from out-of-state. We'll
learn about some of the special places in America and a
little about Christopher Columbus. Free and open to those
"immigrant" members who pre-register by calling the Center
at 704-216-7714 by Thursday, October 9. Lunch provided
courtesy of Magnolia Gardens of Salisbury.
Bus Trip To Greensboro Barn Dinner Theater
Tuesday, October 21.
Motor coach leaves the Senior Center at 11:45 for a short bus
trip to see the new show "A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline" at
the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, NC. It is a moving
tribute to a dazzling star that went from small-town
Virginia to the bright lights of Carnegie Hall. Her legend
is a monument to ambition, grace, and talent. The show will
feature classics like: "Walkin' after Midnight," "Sweet
Dreams," and "Crazy." Come enjoy the magic of an
unforgettable woman and an unforgettable voice. The buffet
dinner is also quite delicious. We'll be back at the Senior
Center between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
The cost is $60 per person which includes motor coach
transportation, dinner, show and all tips. Interested older
adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to
reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come,
first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the
time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to
purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also
pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 1 at 3 p.m.
A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive
early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of
Notes: For this trip, we will need to park across the street
from the Senior Center, next to the playground, where the
bus will pick us up - because of other events going on at
the center. Also, this show promises to be very popular, so
don't wait to sign up.
Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Medicare 101":
Monday, October 13 at 7:00pm. The
third in our series of fall seminars for those considering
retirement in the near future. "Medicare 101" will be
presented by Jeannie Schepsi of the Seniors Health Insurance
Information Program of the NC Department of Insurance. The
Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for
any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but
registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.
"We Need to Talk" Seminar
Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00pm.
Sponsored by AARP, this ninety-minute session helps family
members and friends develop a plan for talking with a loved
one about driving issues. Learn how to objectively observe
the driver, recognize patterns of difficulties, understand
the importance of driving to the individual, and have
successful conversations with the driver. The class was
developed by The Hartford Financial Services Group and MIT's
AgeLab, and is presented by the Salisbury-Rowan AARP
Chapter. Attendance is free, but reservations are required.
Call 704-216-7714 to register.
AARP Driver Safety Class:
Wednesday October 8, beginning at 12:30pm. Sponsored by AARP
for older drivers interested in a four-hour training class
in refining existing driving skills and developing defensive
driving techniques. Insurance discounts are available for
those completing the course. Cost is $15 per person for AARP
members ($20 for non-members) payable upon arrival for
class. Space is limited, so you must pre-register by calling
Cooking Class - Healthy Treats for "Trick or Treat":
Tuesday, October 14 at 5:30 pm. Learn to make healthy
Halloween treats with Certified Nutritionist Wendy NaPant.
Wendy is a Holistic Health Coach who uses fresh healthy
foods to encourage healthier food choices. Manage your time
& stress level. Learn to cook using simple tasty dishes. The
cost of the cooking class, including the healthy meal, is
$12.00, payable to the instructor at the beginning of class.
Call 704-216-7714 to register. Space is limited.
Floral Arranging Class:
Begins Tuesday, October 28. Fulfill your creative side with
the popular art of floral design. You will learn and
practice basic flower arranging skills and prepare your own
silk flower arrangements - a great skill for beautifying
your own home and helping friends and family with events -
or you may even gain inspiration for a new career. Topics
include choosing the right colors and using floral foam,
tape, wire and more. Bring some ideas and supplies (even
old, artificial flower arrangements to refresh and finish)
to work under the guidance of our skilled instructor. Class
meets each Tuesday evening 5:15pm-7:15pm October 28-November
25 (with no class on 11/11). Sponsored by RCCC, the $55
registration fee does not include supplies. Supplies will be
discussed on the first night of class and are not expected
to exceed $30. To register call704-216-7222(select option 5
& then option 2)or register online using WebAdvisor(Click
"Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes").
Handmade Cards -Tuesday, October 7 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade cards
in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be
provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival.
Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is
required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Managing Your Personal Finances Class:
Four-week class begins Thursday, October 9 at 3:00pm. Join
retired Catawba College Business Professor Al Carter to
review budgeting, credit and insurance issues, and ways to
better manage your money in this free class meeting October
9 - 30. Guest presenters will include Food Lion founder
Ralph Ketner and retired banking executive Ken Ingram.
Pre-register by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per
session payable to the instructor.
"String of Pearls" Memoir Writing Class
- Begins Thursday, October 9 at 9:30am. This class will meet
for two hours once a month for seven consecutive months.
Have you thought about leaving a family legacy by writing
your memories? If so, retirement is the best of times to
harvest and write about great moments of fun, frolic,
laughter, and suspense from your wonderful past. Your
history is important to your loved ones, for it imparts of
how you got here from there. This group's purpose is to
"Gather" as a team, "Grow" in ability to write, and "Go" to
class prepared with a story, and "Gain" success in writing
skills. Cost is only $12 for the entire session payable in
cash at the first session. Bring a pencil and paper.
Instructor Gene Hayden is a dedicated instructor with
previous memoir writing experience. He is also a business
columnist. For questions about the class, email
email@example.com . Register by Monday, October 6
by calling 704-216-7714.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive
individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as
you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per
session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not
New Computer Classes
Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is
requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must
be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four
people is necessary to hold a computer class.
Thursday-Friday, October 9-10 from 2:00-4:00pm
how to keep in touch with friends on your computer through
Facebook or Twitter. Follow hobbies on Pinterest or keep up
with co-workers on LinkedIn. We will look at popular social
networking sites and get you started in your areas of
interest. The fee is $10
Get to Know Your Computer: Thursday-Friday, Oct 16-17 from 9:00 am-12:00pm
class is meant for those wanting to get started on
computers. We will learn basics of computer use as well as
some simple exploration of the internet. Meant for the "true
newbie." The fee is $20.
: Thursday, October 30 for Android-style Tablets (Samsung,
Acer, Toshiba, etc.) and Friday, October 31 for iPads. Each
class will meet from 1:00-4:00 pm and costs $10.If you have
a tablet, then this is for you. Come learn, through lots of
sharing and laughter, how to use your tablet. (Bring your
Movie of the Month
Wednesday, October 22 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by
Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come
out and enjoy "Last Vegas," with Michael Douglas, Robert
DeNiro, Morgan Freeman & Kevin Kline, rated PG-13, on our
big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion
picture license # 12137390).
Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00pm. This
month's program is "Hearing Happiness," a special PowerPoint
presentation and game with prizes. Please join Lorin Oden
and Beth Arey from Hearing Solutions for a fun way to learn
about hearing loss and hearing needs. Each meeting features
a guest speaker or fun activity related to women's health or
fitness. The program is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center and Novant Health, and is open to interested women
age fifty-five or older.
Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting
Wednesday, October 8 at 2:00pm. The
Men's Health and Fitness Club will be meeting to learn about
the benefits of water exercise. Lynda Teter, Aquatic Trainer
will share educational information about water exercise and
the tools used in water aerobic classes. Men's Health and
Fitness Club is open to all men 55 and older. This program
is co-sponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior
Outdoor Adventure Club - Salem Lake Hike or Canoe
Friday, October 17. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30 am and car pool
to Salem Lake. Participants will have the option of
canoeing, hiking, or both from 9:30 until noon. At noon, the
group will meet together for a picnic lunch. Bring water, a
bag lunch, and $3 to pay the car pool driver. For those who
plan on canoeing, bring an additional $4 for each hour you
plan to canoe. After lunch, a short club meeting will be
held, and club officers will be elected. Directions to
Salem Lake are available at the Center if needed. Dress
appropriately for the weather. Participation is at your
own risk. New participants will need to sign a waiver
form. To register for this activity call the Front Desk at
704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the Center,
as the outing may be postponed.
Exercise Program Opportunitiese
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings are available at different levels, and
Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic,
Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and
Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and
cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic
fitness equipment is also available for use,
with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and
instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information
or call 704-216-7714.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, October 1 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment
with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per
session. To schedule an appointment call
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Men's Breakfast Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm
Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, October 2 at 10:00am
AARP Chapter - Thursday, October 2 at 1:00pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, October 3 at 10:30am
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, October
6 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, October 6 at noon
Walk-Abouts - Wednesday, October 8 at 9:00am at the
Farm House Restaurant
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, October 8 at
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, October 9 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, October 9 at
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, October 13 at
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday,
October 16 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, October 20
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, October 21 at noon
Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, October 27 at 6:30pm
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Monthly Grief Support Group
Wednesday, October 1 at 9:00am.
Grief support group sessions provide opportunities
for people who have experienced the death of a loved
one to meet others who are experiencing similar
losses. Members come together to normalize and
validate their experiences of grief, to find
strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain
a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by
Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by
Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE. Pre-registration
is not required.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located
at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers
Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet
with Rowan County veterans to assist them in
applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they
are legally entitled.
For an appointment, call 704-216-8138.
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care
Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will
be available on the third Wednesday of each month
from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
This 'n That
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on
Friday, October 3 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.
IT'S PICNIC TIME: The Helen Rothrock Rufty Picnic
Shelter Complex is available for reservation and use
by senior groups free of charge. Contact the Senior
Center office at 704-216-7714 for information.
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT
For more information about Rufty-Holmes Senior
Center, go to www.ruftyholmes.org
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center